Going to Amsterdam as a one child family!

When we paid the deposit for my sons to go on their 12 day Scout camp in Holland, we jokingly said we would go on holiday to Amsterdam with our daughter at the same time. We loved Amsterdam when we visited a couple of years ago and really wanted to go again. We also liked the idea of being close to the boys, at least for a few of the days they were away. I was worried about how my younger son might cope and I thought it would be good to be on hand if he needed us.

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So after a few months of joking about it, we went ahead and booked it. Even better, the boys didn’t mind. They knew they were going to have a brilliant time themselves, so they were fine about us going away without them. They knew their camp was a massive treat for them and they didn’t have a problem with their sister getting a treat too.

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Amsterdam isn’t a traditional place to take children. We didn’t see many kids when we there. My daughter was sufficiently unusual that guests and staff in the hotel chatted to her and people looked at her as she was out cycling on a tandem with Daddy.

But it is a beautiful place and it is possible to avoid the red light district, stag parties and coffee shops that don’t just sell coffee. You do have to be on your guard a bit though! We discovered the bike hire place we went to (only five minutes from our respectable hotel full of business people and older tourists) was right next to a sex shop. We managed to get her to look away from it by talking about what was happening on the other side of the canal, but eventually she noticed it. I wonder if she also smelled the unusual smoke you could smell almost EVERYWHERE?

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We were unlucky with our weather, but we still had a brilliant time. It’s great being able to devote all your time to just one child (and it really helped me stop thinking about the boys every minute of the day). She’s always a delight, but on her own she’s even more delightful and she really thrives on having the undivided attention of both Mummy AND Daddy. She absolutely loves staying in hotels and likes it even better without the boys nagging her or arguing with her.She chats non-stop and takes in everything that’s going on around her. She knew where she wanted to visit and she made some really good suggestions.

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I’m so glad we took the plunge and went away with her.

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Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. It sounds like a brilliant place to visit and I think I’d be a tiny bit curious to see the dodgy bits tii, but without z of course. The architecture is really beautiful isn’t it?

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    • The architecture is stunning! It’s so distinctive. We did have a little look round the dodgy bits when we went on our own, but we made an effort to avoid them with my daughter!

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  2. How lucky was she?! I hope you had a really lovely time. I am considering Amsterdam for my husband’s 40th in October and trying to decide whether to take Cheeky Chap with us. Katie (from Mummy, Daddy and Me Makes Three) took her two little ones and had a lovely time but part of me also thinks it would be nice to finally have some time just the two of us. Argh!

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    • She was very lucky! There are definite advantages to being the youngest child! I think you would enjoy it either with or without Cheeky Chap. Our one and only trip in 14 years (seriously!) without kids was to Amsterdam and it was ace, but you see it from a slightly different perspective with a child in tow.

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  3. Looks like you all had a lovely time. I was last in Amsterdam in 1987 when I lived there for 4 months, I haven’t been back since, but it would seem not much has changed, red lights and that funny smell.

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    • Must have been amazing living there! I think you’re right – there’s probably not a lot has changed in that time!

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      • I don’t think i appreciated it as much as i do now with living abroad. i was only 17 when I went and spent more time partying than I did working, hence why it only lasted for 4 months….lol

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  4. Great place to visit. I’m always surprised how few people take children on holiday to places like Amsterdam. It’s the sort of thing we do without even thinking – maybe that’s because we just have the one child to focus on all the time.

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    • It could be! We like city breaks more than beach holidays – we’ve never taken the kids on a beach holiday abroad.

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  5. I had never thought of taking the girls to Amsterdam. Looks like you had great quality time with your daughter and avoided the stag dos and red light district. #countrykids

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    • It’s such a beautiful place to visit – there’s so much to see! It is possible to avoid the red light district, although sex shops seem to crop up all over the place!

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  6. It looks like you all had a great time exploring the sights of Amsterdam as a family, it’s always nice when kids don’t get upset over things like this when they know they’re having a great time too. It’s great that your daughter had a blast with just Mummy and Daddy getting all the attention herself, and it’s great that everyone chatted to her and made her feel welcome even if there aren’t many kids. Overall everyone had a fab time at all their exciting adventures. Thanks for linking up with Country Kids.

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  7. Yes, the last time I was in Amsterdam it was many years ago and I was a student-I can’t imagine taking my children to some of the places I visited! But, I’d love to show them the art and Anne Frank’s house. I’m glad you enjoyed it together.

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  8. How lovely to get to go away and spend time with just one child. I can imagine you had a lovely and relaxing time exploring the sites whilst the boys are having an equally good time. I have never thought to visit Amsterdam x

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  9. It is amazing how different it is being with one child isn’t it? I love us all being together but to be able to have a proper conversation without anyone butting in or arguing is bliss. I have never been to Amsterdam but it looks lovely.

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  10. Catching up on your Amsterdam adventures. I do think it is fairly easy to avoid the red-light district, it is quite contained really. Although coffee shops are everywhere! And how lovely to have the time along with your daughter!

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